Salamanca Airport (SLM/LESA)

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UNESCO World Heritage Site and Spain's oldest and most important university city, the 'city of the world's purest Spanish' Salamanca attracts over 1.7 million tourists annually and over 40,000 language students from all over the world – a business worth €50 million to the region.

Famous for its festivals: The New Year's Eve and Christmas party 'Nochevieja Universitaria' attracts some 35,000 students annually to the city's main square.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Site of the first university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. It is also one of the major birthplaces of the Spanish language.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.
  • Good performance of existing facilities.
  • Competitive airport charges.
  • 800th anniversary of the foundation of the University of Salamanca in 2018

The city of love: Salamanca is eager to establish routes to serve strong domestic demand from points such as Barcelona and the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Marketing and other support

See the incentive scheme Aena offers airlines in 2016 and discover which suits your type of operation best:
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route;
  • Seasonality;
  • Off-peak days;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • Note: A 1.9% reduction in all the airport charges will be effective on 1st March 2016.

The conditions of the Aena Incentive scheme and PR support are according to the wording included in the legislation in force. For more information please visit:

Aena collaborates on an ongoing basis with airlines on aspects such as organising events relating to first flights, advertising in media belonging to Aena, press releases, publicity on social networks, information to travel agencies associations, temporary discounts on parking, VIP lounges, shops and F&B, etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases.

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Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):

Market information: statistics and market analysis on request at

To contact the local authorities, please go to

The map shows the population within a two-hour drive from Salamanca Airport (the green square) and the nearest airports in the area. A lot of people - visitors and locals - throng Salamanca market: with a catchment of close to 1.2 million, covering most of east central Spain and parts of Portugal, the airport caters for a wide range of outgoing and incoming tourist flows.

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 210,658.
  • 60-minute catchment: 278,285.
  • 90-minute catchment: 1,172,859.

Besides Salamanca's dominant tourism industry, agriculture, livestock rearing, construction and manufacturing are also important pillars of the city's economy. Its research centres cluster around cancer research, neuroscience, water and laser technology.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Salamanca's new terminal was opened in 2005 with the expectation of welcoming an increase in international traffic.


  • The airport is located 15 kilometres to the east of the city centre of Salamanca. 

Road access

  • Salamanca Airport can be accessed directly from national motorway N-501, which goes into the centre of Salamanca.

Bus access

  • Salamanca (Bus Station)-Airport line.

Infrastructure & Operations

Salamanca runway

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Vital statistics

2015 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 13,820 domestic passengers; 6,763 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 70% scheduled flights; 30% charter flights.
  • Largest carriers: Air Nostrum and Air Europa.